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Is there a way to automatically spellcheck a message in Yahoo mail?

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I have a client who uses Yahoo mail exclusively. He says he believes there is a way to automatically spellcheck his messages as he types. He would like this feature turned on in order to speed up his work. This is a browser based webmail only.
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Question by:Gurdjieff
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by:dobbshelp
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Firefox seems to spell check everything I type whether it be a web form (like this comment box), webmail, web forms, etc ... So that might be an option. Another might be ASpell (http://aspell.net/). It sits in the tray and spell checks pretty much everything typed. So either of these may assist with more then just Yahoo Mail.
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by:Gurdjieff
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As far as I know, he prefers to stay with Internet Explorer. The yahoo mail Compose page, which is used to write outgoing mail, has a Spellcheck button. He is thinking that there is a way to enable this Spellcheck to happen automatically while he types (like auto-complete in some versions of word processors).
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In that case ASpell would be the better option. It spell checks everything as you type.
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by:Gurdjieff
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Thanks for the input dobbshelp. I've tried downloading and installing ASpell on my own PC. Both my client and I are running Windows Vista Ultimate. I could not figure out how to configure ASpell. Do I need to compile with a C++ compiler? I found an .exe file on the Internet that a user claims he used to install ASpell (he also used an .exe to install the library.
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Grab the Windows version installer here (http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/aspell/w32/Aspell-0-50-3-3-Setup.exe) and then grab to correct dictionary file (here is English: http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/aspell/w32/Aspell-en-0.50-2-3.exe)

That should install and give the capabilities you need.
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by:Gurdjieff
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I've installed both ASpell and the dictionary from your hyperlinks above. I can't figure out how to get the spellchecker to automatically check as I type. The only shortcuts installed in the start menu are for documentation. When I read the manual, it instructs me on how to spellcheck files using the command line. I don't see any icon in the system tray.
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by:Gurdjieff
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dobbshelp - I'm going to accept your solution and award you the points. The solution is not exactly what I was looking to provide for my client, but I think it is the best that can be provided to him. Thank you for your info.
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